With access to free electricity for pumping, ground water levels are depleting due to overuse of water for flood irrigation. Additionally, farmers burn paddy stubble which is impacting soil health and the environment. With high input costs and stagnant yields, farm incomes are low and there is a need to improve crop practices, organise farmers for collective action to reduce the cost of cultivation and fetch better prices for crops.

Livelihood enhancement is required for the landless community, especially women. Additionally, sanitation, including solid and liquid waste management, is a concern in communities, and there is an increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases due to alcohol and tobacco consumption, imbalanced diets and physical inactivity.


ACF works across 367 villages with a population of 308246 in 7 districts of Punjab:

  1. Bathinda
  2. Fazilka
  3. Mansa
  4. Ropar
  5. Mohali
  6. Patiala
  7. Shri Muktsar Sahib


The main focus of ACF’s water program in Punjab is on the implementation of watershed projects to improve ground water levels and reduce soil erosion. Ground water levels are also being recharged via a percolation pit and pond. Additionally, we are ensuring the availability of drinking water for every household, via tap connections, and ensuring that water is safe to drink (pre and post monsoon), by promoting water quality testing in communities.

100 ha



Schools Water Testing

10,000 ha

Watershed Project

100 ha forest area

Percolation Pits


Farm Ponds


Ponds Created

Our main focus is on some critical issues like soil health management, crop production, crop diversification, and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Crop residue management is a crucial area where we provide awareness, training and demonstrations to encourage reduced tillage, use of super seeder machinery and overall reduction in residue burning. We also promote the supply of residue as biomass as an alternate fuel, providing additional income source to farmers. Sustainable rice is promoted via Direct Seeding Rice (DSR) approach and FPOs are promoted for collective input supply and marketing.

100 Acres

Impacted with improved soil health practices and crop diversification

30 Farmers

Apple cultivation

400+ ha

Under DSR method in Paddy crop

800+ Acres

Free from stubble burning

500 members


The women empowerment program aims to improve the social economic status of women through capacity building of SHG groups, formation of new SHC groups, credit linkages, development of market linkages and helping women identify income generation activities.


SHG groups


SHGS secured credit linkages


Women started income generation activity.

ACF’s health program provides both preventive and promote aspects of healthcare, with a strong focus on women, children and adolescents - implemented in the villages in collaboration with the local health and sanitation department, Panchayati Raj Institute (PRI), ASHA, AWW and youth clubs of villages. 20 ODF villages have been created and ACF also supports sanitation issues like underground drainage systems in villages. Working with local Anganwadi centres, we are improving the nutritional and health status of children. In Bathinda, with the support of Harvard University, a research program is being conducted on the behaviour change of high risk group patients in relation to diet control and physical activities.


Knowledge enhancement on Adolescent health

80 to 90%

Adolescents using Sanitary Napkins


ODF villages


Households with overhead drinking water

70 %

Area with drains underground.

SEDI Bathinda is providing skill training and career opportunities to youth from landless and schedule caste backgrounds – uplifting them and their families out of poverty. Graduate trainees are placed with a minimum salary of Rs. 9000-10,000, whilst some SEDI graduates from Assistant Electrician course have become Entrepreneurs, earning Rs. 25,000 in the peak season, locally. 186 trainees have been placed in reputed companies like TVS, Micortek, and Abbott Healthcare, providing an additional source of income to households.


Youth Trainees




Female Participation


Female Assistant Electrician Trainees

Ambuja Manovikas Kendra School for children with intellectual disabilities in Ropar, improves the quality of life of special children and teaches them skills so they can be independent in their day to day activities. AMK provides a better learning environment for children and ensures they reach their full potential in life via education, therapy and extracurricular activities. Ambuja Manovikas Kendra also trains AMK graduates in income generation activities such as jewellery making, pottery and baking.




Covered under OPD session


Provided with government benefits

41 Adults

With Guardianship

22 AMK students

Passed secondary exam under NIOS


Awareness Campaigns